House of Marbles – Family Fun in Devon
Hey hey and welcome back. Over the past few days we’ve been sharing with you our trip to South Devon with Visit Dartmoor. They were great at organizing our stay at Parkers Farm and recommending a number of attractions that would be ideal for a family. Today we’re sharing with you our trip to the House of Marbles. As the name suggests, the main focus is…marbles!
What is the House of Marbles?
The House of Marbles is situated not far from Dartmoor and the A38. It’s easy to find and has plenty of parking. And what’s more, its completely FREE! Yep, you read correctly – FREE! A free attraction in the heart of Devon.
Houses of Marbles make and sell a huge range of glass marbles, gifts, board games, trinkets and treasures. You can essentially do all your Christmas shopping under one roof! They also have a number of small museums to explore, as well as the glass works area. There is a viewing platform at the top where you can watch them blow and shape the glass. I absolutely love these glass robins. Aren’t they just beautiful?
More than Marbles
House of Marbles is open throughout the year and sits on a pottery making site. If the weather is good, make sure you head out to the children’s playground area. It’s not like your regular playground either.
There’s a giant marble, a marble run table and giant Jenga and chess. Fortunately the weather was wonderful and B really enjoyed spending time out here.
Teign Valley Glass Works
As I mentioned at the start, the House of Marbles is home to glass making – and specifically Teign Valley Glass. Be sure to go to the viewing platform to get a good view of the team at work.
B really enjoyed watching them heat up the glass to a near liquid and then mold and shape it.
Giant Marble Run
If you’re visiting, do not miss the giant marble run at the back of the gift shop. Head up the stairs to press the button and watch as the giant marbles navigate the run. It’s noisy and a lot of fun! B especially liked watching this. My photo doesn’t really look that exciting as the run is made up of lots of metal and wires – but trust me, it’s worth a watch!
Explore the Museums
As you explore the House of Marbles, you’ll find a few small museums. They aren’t huge but they are home to a number of trinkets and treasures. The glass and marble museum was particularly fun because there were working marble runs to watch!
The games museum is home to loads of vintage board games and toys, and set right in the middle was a huge marble making machine!
Accessed from the gift shop is a small pottery museum. There are a number of items and models to take a look at.
Enjoy a Bit of Lunch
The Old Pottery Restaurant is set in the pottery buildings and is definitely worth a visit. We enjoyed lunch here and we weren’t disappointed. The menu is really varied, offering cooked meals or cold lunches. We opted for a couple of Ploughman’s platters. They are literally my favourite lunchtime treat. I love the pickles, the cheeses and ham. We added a few onion rings on too!
A bonus is that the restaurant is licensed. Mr D treated himself to a local ale! Me on the other hand enjoyed a non-alcoholic beverage!
And here’s the wine glass I’ll use once baby is here…joking of course…!
A Great Day out for Free!
The House of Marbles is a free, family attraction right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. If you’re in the area then it is definitely worth a visit, especially if the weather isn’t great. Most of the attractions are indoors.
Disclaimer: We were invited to have lunch at the House of Marbles as part of our trip with Visit Dartmoor. All opinions are honest and our own.